Living Fit: Pink Proves You Can’t Please Everybody All the Time

Pink is back in the news again… for all the wrong reasons.

When most people think of Pink—the fairly well-known pop singer—an image of a woman with spiked hair, a fab body, and an “IDGAF” attitude comes immediately to mind. I immediately think of her looking something like this:

She looks great, right? Okay, well, here’s the problem with that shot…she has looked like that for, basically, her entire career. Google “Pink” and there are literally pages of her looking stunningly fit and ridiculously well put together. Buuuuuttttttt, when your image is synonymous with such things, ass hats, haters, idiots, etc., are ready to pounce the moment you no longer look that way. See recent photo below:

That photo was taken at a recent event Pink attended with her fella. To me, she still looks amazing, but for those who regard her only as a celeb worthy of being on the cover of “Shape” magazine, she looked a bit too, well, shapely—for lack of a better word—so they went in on her body, in the comment section (in true cowardly form) where the photo first appeared; and, true to Pink’s nature, she gave them a nice little “FU” in response.

“I can see that some of you are concerned about me from your comments about my weight. You’re referring to the pictures of me from last night’s cancer benefit that I attended to support my [dear] friend Dr. Maggie DiNome. She was given the Duke Award for her tireless efforts and stellar contributions to the eradication of cancer. But unfortunately, my weight seems much more important to some of you. While I admit that the dress didn’t photograph as well as it did in my kitchen, I will also admit that I felt very pretty. In fact, I feel beautiful. So, my good and concerned peoples, please don’t worry about [me]. I’m not worried about me. And I’m not worried about you either🙂 … I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off. Thanks for your concern. Love, cheesecake.”

Good for her!

My point in writing this little post, though, is not to stick up for Pink—clearly, she can do that all by her damn self—but rather to bring attention, yet again, to the ignorance of those who will criticize you no matter what you do. A “hater” is always looking for a way to bring you down because they know they will never get up to your level.

It is what it is.

Fitness is about focusing on your own, personal, health. You cannot focus on an image alone because the image can change. So, the best thing to do is to constantly keep your eye towards improvement and don’t listen to anyone who might have an ulterior motive—those people may actually be sabotaging you—because not everyone will applaud you once you achieve success.

It’s always about you. Remember that.

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Living Fit Mommy: Monday is a Girl’s Best Friend, Right?

I saw this motivational winner on my Facebook feed this morning and I simply had to share it with you all:


I have never tried the “Insanity” workout, nor am I a P90x Devotee, but I can relate to the message: “Never Miss A Monday”.

Weekends are a beautiful thing for me. Most of the time I use them to do nothing but fun stuff with my husband and kids. Sometimes, I use them to have a girl’s day out all by lonesome—perusing the mall or settling in with a good book—but either way I use them to re-energize my body and mind for the week ahead. I take great advantage of those two days of genuine recovery because when Monday comes calling, I want my body ready for the challenge.

That said, “Never Miss A Monday” means you never miss an opportunity to start the week off right. If you get your body in fit mode from Day One, the other days you choose to have that same focus will be a lot easier to handle. Personally, I never feel stronger than I do on a Monday—two days of rest does wonders for my body.

Are Monday’s a pain in the rear sometimes? Yes, most of us still live for the weekend, but change your perspective and you change your life. Make Mondays your best friend—where a good workout is concerned–and start your week off in a positive way.

Now go move something!

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Penn Jillette’s Dramatic Weight Loss is Amazing, But…

Penn Jillete lost over 105 pounds on a calorie-restricted diet.

Penn Jillette lost over 105 pounds and, while I certainly applaud his efforts to get the weight off and move away from medication, it always concerns me when I see weight-loss stories highlighted by diets that are calorie-restricted.

Honestly, when I first looked at him, I immediately thought two things (without having read the attached article): 1) my gracious he’s thin, I wonder what he cut out of his diet, and 2) has he incorporated an exercise program as well because, if he did, I hope it’s not too overwhelming.

Sufficeth to say, once I did read the article, it wasn’t hard to believe he lost the weight as quickly as he did by cutting his caloric intake down to 1,000/day (most adults need at least 2000 calories a day just to sustain healthy organ function) and cutting out a majority of proteins and carbs.

“I was on six very powerful meds to bring the blood pressure down,” Jillette, 60, tells PEOPLE. “My doctor said I needed to get my weight down, and if I brought it down 30 or 40 lbs. it would be a little easier to control. And then he said something in passing that completely blew my mind – he said, ‘If you got down to 230, you probably wouldn’t need any of the meds.’ ”

The Wizard Wars judge decided to do just that, spending December through March on an “extreme low-calorie program” in which he consumed about 1,000 calories daily and was able to lose an average of 0.9 lbs. a day.

Since reaching his goal weight on his birthday, March 5, Jillette has stopped restricting the amounts he eats, and instead follows Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian diet – this means he consumes no animal products, no processed grains, and no added sugar or salt. (People Mag)

He does exercise, but he mentions the fact that he worries he’s not able to sustain max effort. A lot of that could be due to his decision to cut the foods that provide the energy for those efforts.

Here’s the thing about the Nutritarian Diet he references, it’s a fantastic way to truly focus on a diet that is filled to the brim with whole foods. It’s especially appealing to those who are thinking about moving towards a vegan or vegetarian diet. It’s truly awesome for anyone looking to wean their body off processed eating. However, if you’re not careful, the diet’s lack of B12 will sneak up on you in a major way; it’s not a vitamin that’s meant to be neglected, but it is something that is a concern—if you’re not informed enough about ways to replace it—and that’s my biggest issue here: people sometimes jump into a lifestlye without educating themselves on the most effective way of sustaining it after the initial rewards.

Again, I applaud him for taking control of his diet and losing the weight, but I hope that he continues to educate himself going forward so that he can maintain the loss in a healthier way.

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